Directions from Manila to Subic via NLEX-SCTEx

Directions from Manila to Subic via NLEX - SCTEx.

Trip Time: 2 hours.  Distance: 153km from EDSA Balintawak

  • Go to NLEX via the Balintawak interchange in North EDSA
  • Pay P45 at Balintawak Toll Plaza and get your toll card.
  • Drive to the Dau Toll Plaza at the end of NLEX (about 71 km from Balintawak Toll Plaza).  Pay P173 at toll booth.
  • Take SCTEx ramp (at the right) about 3 km from the Dau Toll Plaza.
  • Take your toll card at the SCTEx toll booth.
  • Drive to the TIPO exit at the end of the SCTEx (about 57 km).  Pay P 168 at the toll booth.
  • Drive to the Subic-Tipo Highway toll booth (about 0.80km). Pay P 22 at the toll booth.
  • Drive by and stop at the Subic Bay Freeport customs booth to acknowledge guard.

Traffic Guide:

  • NLEX and SCTEx imposes a speed limit of 100km/hour.  Observe speed limit as radars are installed to check overspeeding.
  • Subic Bay Freeport imposes strict US style traffic rules.  That said,  slow down to a complete stop at every intersection.  And don't forget to wear your seatbelts.










  1. Hi could you recommend a hotel that is budget friendly yet has a nice view or good quality facilities??planning to get there for our anniversary 🙂 btw since they are impossing a us traffic rule is it necessary to have a carseat for a toddler?thanks sisssy:)

  2. how to go to subic via san fernando exit? where is more convenient and faster, via san fernando or via sctex?

  3. Hi! Thank you so much for posting this info. My hubby and I are planning to take our kids to Ocean Park Adventure in Subic this Saturday, we’re planning to take the SCTEX from Taft, Manila. The park opens at 10AM, so we’re planning to get a headstart and leave at 6-7AM. Would you know where we could stop and have breakfast? Is there a gas stop with Starbucks and other restos on the way?
    Would appreciate very much if you could reply.
    Thank you so much!

    • Hi ting! There are a number of gas stops:

      Petron after Meycauyan has Jollibee, Chowking, Pancake house, Teriyaki Boy, and Starbucks.

      Shell Gas Station after Bocaue has Jollibee (with a Drive-thru), Chowking, KFC, Hen Lin, Starbucks, Pizza hut, Cinnabon, Burgur King and Dairy Queen.

      Petron Lakeshore right after San Fernando exit has McDonalds, Mang Inasal, Kitaro and others. This is your last chance to eat hehe:-)

      Have fun and stay safe!:-)

  4. cez.reloj says

    thanks alot for including the toll fees.currently budgeting for our trip to freeport this weekend. =)

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